The Kitchen Diaries — Boomer Money for Nothing
Me: (holding a piece of mail): What’s the (NAME REDACTED) Company?
Mom: (playfully scratching the dogs): Oh, it was a stupid little fund they used to take from my paycheck and put away.
Me: You mean a 401K?
Mom: No. We already cashed that out once the market came back up after the banking shenanigans. That payed off all of our debts except the house note; plus, we got the car. So, it’s some other thing the county did. It isn’t much, I don’t think.
Me: How much is not much?
Mom: They took 40 bucks each pay period and put it in the fund.
Me: (eyes beginning to roll back in my head): So, 40 bucks times 52 weeks; did they do matching funds?
Mom: Oh yeah, they did. I forgot about that.
Me: So, 80 dollars times 52 weeks. How many years did they do this?
Mom: Only the last 15 years. That’s why I didn’t pay it no mind.
Me: Okay. Mom, 80 times 52 times 15 is $62,400 dollars.
Mom: Oh, I thought it would only be a few thousand dollars. I guess I’ll have to call them up tomorrow.
Me: Ya think?